Taking a Break

We've had a lot of family stuff going on lately and it's consumed most of my energy. I'll be heading back to the US soon to be in the mix. But before that, we headed out to take a little break. It may seem strange since we live on the Med, but stepping back is … Continue reading Taking a Break

Hola Bilbao

We are in Bilbao. Fallas Refugees. We've met so many people lately who are Fallas Virgins. They can't believe we are leaving to escape 'All the Fun!'. I've been called a 'fuddy duddy' and a 'buzz kill'. But they'll learn the closer we get to March 19th when all hell breaks loose. I heard from … Continue reading Hola Bilbao

Last Days in Ireland – Feeling the Love

We left Derry and made our way back to Dublin. I've finally figured out the roads - what the letters mean - so we used the wider cow paths to get there - mostly uneventfully. I won't lie, I'll miss being called 'Love', 'Pet' or 'Darlin'' liberally sprinkled in any sentence that addressed me for … Continue reading Last Days in Ireland – Feeling the Love

Derry on the Uptick

*Still doing this on my phone. Formatting, etc. May be wonky. Derry is a vibrant walled city with the old and new working side by side. Traffic and people weave through the gates; tourists and locals walk the top of the wall. Life is good here. The walled city sits on an island hill that … Continue reading Derry on the Uptick

Derry: Two Sides One City

I've traveled to conflict zones over the course of my adult life. Some have been boiling over while I was there. Others quietly simmering. Like in the Middle East, being stopped at checkpoints controlled by militia who stationed a 12 year old boy sitting on a bucket to ask why we want to travel a … Continue reading Derry: Two Sides One City

Northern Ireland

We are spending our last week in Ireland in Derry or Londonderry. Depending upon your political point of view. More on that in another post. So it was the moment to see the Giant's Causeway. This basalt rock phenomenon occurs on the Northern coast of Ireland. If you require a little courage before your visit … Continue reading Northern Ireland

Holy Shit! Driving in Ireland

First off, renting a car at the Dublin airport mimicked buying a used car on Aurora Avenue in Seattle. It felt like we were haggling with a used car salesman for insurance, transmission and tire coverage. If he'd mentioned 'clear coat' I would have gone ballistic. We needed a shower after. The swearing started directly … Continue reading Holy Shit! Driving in Ireland

Warning! A Rant to Follow

'People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.' 'He who is without sin, cast the first stone.' I've heard them all. And of course, they're true. I'm not perfect. Far, very far from it. And since I've heard horror stories of ugly Americans, when traveling, we try to go out of our way to be culturally … Continue reading Warning! A Rant to Follow

¡Hola Madrid!

We took the high speed to Madrid from Valencia for our final days with Emilie before she went back to school. It cuts the travel time in half but still allows for beautiful views of wine, olives and this time of year, sunflower fields by the mile. All along the route it seemed the flowers … Continue reading ┬íHola Madrid!